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Before we can ever succeed in life, we first must be ready to embrace change. All preparation first begins mentally preparing for change. It does not matter if you're getting ready to have your first child or you're getting prepared to play in the Super Bowl.

Change can be a scary word, and many people spend their entire lives trying to avoid it. Regardless of where we are in life, we are taught to fear it. Sometimes we become so consumed with not wanting change that we miss opportunities entirely.

When we look at our past experiences and reflect on what has changed, we end up only thinking about the loss: the heartbreak and all of the bad things that threw us for a loop.

What if we took change with a grain of salt and embrace the good days and bad days? How much would the stresses of our world be lifted? Stop being afraid of change and instead embrace it. A simple healthy morning routine can be the change that boosts your entire life. 

The best times of growth come from the most significant changes. 

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If You Don't Embrace Change Growth Isn't Possible

We all know what it's like to be too comfortable. The comfort of knowing that you are heading to a job you don't necessarily like, but why change it? The convenience of being around people that don't build you up, but you are used to them.

It's the comfort of knowing that what you have, for now, will always be there. Comfort means things are easy, and we are hard-wired to avoid difficulty. However; for those of us who are on a mission, you have to want more for yourself.

For us to get to the destination, growth is the vehicle to rely on to get there. We all have different goals, but we all desire to move forward. But without change, growth isn't possible.

You must accept that growth requires change. The best times of growth in our lives have come from the most significant changes. Think about how much some of these times have changed you.

  • Starting high school
  • Moving to another city
  • Graduating from college
  • Having a baby
  • Getting married
  • Developing all new friends
  • Getting in trouble with the law

These events will change you forever. You grow in many different ways because the situations force you to. If you want to see growth in your lie, you will have to challenge yourself to do things differently.

Being okay with the journey is knowing that you won't be able to explain everything. Accept that to grow; change must be embraced. The path you require to walk on will lead you to the designation you want to go.

  • Embrace change 
  • Expect the biggest changes to bring the most growth 
  • Don't expect an explanation for everything in the moment 

5 Ways To Embrace Change

1. Ignore Your Inner Lizard

There is a part of the human mind that people refer to as "Lizard Brain." The Lizard Brain is consumed with survival. It likes the way things have been done in the past.

The thoughts like "NO DON'T DO IT, and YOU DON'T KNOW WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN" are the lizard brain. It's an annoying little thing to have regularly in the back of your head, like that of a car alarm that won't stop, going off. Your lizard brain hates when you embrace change.

You have to learn to ignore it when it's warning you of something that is not the real danger. If you're about to get hit by a car, that is the real danger. Quitting your job is not real life or death danger.

2. Seek Out New Perspectives

There are never any stupid questions. Go into any new life circumstance with a learners attitude.   Ask ALL the questions to anyone willing to teach you something.

Learning from the experiences of others will broaden your mind to what is possible. There are too many times that we are limited by what we see. If everyone around us only makes about $30,000, it's hard to imagine that some people earn $100,000 and much more. Mentors and teachers show you the way.

Listen carefully, arguments, and conversations you once dismissed might come in handy and broaden your horizons. The best way to widen your perspective is to hang around some people who have different views than you do.

3. Do Something New and Exciting

Exploring some new opportunities. Say yes to some things that you usually say no to. You have to catch yourself off guard.

That is how you grow your muscles, you challenge yourself with weights and put muscles outside of their comfort zone. All of the benefits are gained in the last few reps when the muscles are being challenged the most.

If growth is your priority, you have to stretch yourself. It will make the most significant impact if you change something you do daily. Most people try to improve by hoping for some big event. That is not how it works. Here are some ways to stretch yourself through your habits.

  • Write
  • Workout
  • Read
  • Memorize Bible Verses
  • Wake up early
  • Go to sleep early
  • Make your bed every morning
  • Hydrate

Doing the little things will make all of the difference. You don't need to make massive changes. The key is to make small changes consistent. When you are consistent, the little wins add up each day until you have a big success.

4. Shed Your Old Skin

Get rid of clutter, bad people, and routines that are now old and not useful. Seeing things with new eyes is beneficial. To get to a new level, you can't take all of the old stuff with you. Somethings have to stay behind.

This is a great time to cut off bad habits. The most destructive habits work like positive habits, but instead of building you up, they destroy you.

  • Eat less sugar
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Cut out all porn
  • Stop sleeping in and stick with your healthy morning routine. 


5. Learn To Live On Faith

"For we walk by faith, not by sight." - 2 Corinthians 5:7

"For by grace, you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God" - Ephesians 2:8

The thought of not knowing what is coming up next instantly can bring forth fear. You think of all the "what ifs." Learning to live with uncertainty will help relax your mind to focus on things that matter.

Until we stop over analyzing all the little things, we won't embrace any change, and we will continue to live a life we so desperately want to be changed. You will remain unaware of how to create change because it always demands faith. Faith will carry you wherever you want to go.

  • Ignore Fear 
  • Learn from those different from you
  • Try new things
  • Break free from the old
  • Have some faith

How to Embrace Change and Build New Habits

Habit Stacker provides resources to help you improve your habits. The first way we do this is through our online course Habit Mastery. The second way is with the Habit Stacker mobile app.

Olympian and founder of Habit Stacker Ian Warner, teaches the Habit Mastery course. He walks you through practical techniques that you can use to improve your life. No fluff or non-sense! You get instant access to over 45 different videos breaking down how to build good habits.

The Habit Stacker app is what you use to live out your habits daily. It's a habit tracker that lets you know what you need to do each day. The app sets your daily routine board for you each day, so you all you have to do is get the task done at the top of the list. You can look back and see your streaks for each habit. 

Conclusion

Growth in itself is change. If you don't want to change you can't expect to grow. That does not mean that the journey is going to be easy. What it does mean is that it will be worth it, if your have enough grit to stick with it. Habits will help you to survive difficulty because when times get tough, you always rely on your routines. A healthy morning routine will show up when you don't feel like it and make sure that you succeed. 

Ian Warner

About the author

I went from a broken leg to a 2012 Olympian. I have spent the last 15 years building positive habits as a track athlete and entrepreneur. I founded Habit Stacker and dedicated my life to helping people to develop winning habits. I have helped over 5,000 people...

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